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Feeling Like a Fish Out of Water

As the 2016 election approaches, immigration is being brought up more than ever. But the issue is nothing new, and will still be around long after the next U.S. President is elected. Some have viewed immigration as a concern since […]

You Might Be Overdue for a Leadership Shakeup

In September, a celebrated visit from Pope Francis made quite an impression on Americans. During a political era when discussions of both church and state are increasingly divisive, somehow the Argentinian leader of the Catholic Church grabbed attention from every […]

Young Adults Left Waiting on Post-Recession Employment

Underemployment is a problem that has been particularly difficult on recent college graduates, but its effects are felt by all demographics. Although the unemployment rate is down, you could say we have the most well-educated bartenders and busboys in history. […]

What Role Can you Play in the National Economy?

Thanks to our nation’s growth in employment levels, low gas prices and stability in the real estate market, it was expected that consumer confidence would remain steady. Instead, the index measuring consumer confidence dropped to its lowest mark of the […]

Women and the Process of Retirement Planning

Planning for retirement income shouldn’t stop just because you retire. It’s a process, much like raising children and pursuing a career. You learn, you implement, you make mistakes, you seek advice. So whether you are already retired, nearing retiring or […]

Finding Fulfillment in Part-Time Work

Professional employees in their 50s and 60s are starting to think more strategically about retirement. Not just about how to pay for it, but how they’ll spend their time once they get there. For some, that means they’d like to […]

Waste Not, Want Not

The proverb, “Waste not, want not,” suggests that if you use a commodity or resource carefully, you will never be in need. As a nation, we’ve seriously enhanced our efforts in the “reduce, reuse, recycle” department over the past 20 […]

The End of the Material World?

In the 1980s, Madonna sang about being a material girl living in a material world. Following the economic slump of the 1970s, the ’80s came to be known as “The Decade of Excess,” featuring a sustained period of low unemployment […]

Gaining Interest in the U.S. Economy

The Federal Reserve doesn’t just raise interest rates on a whim. While a steady economy and improving unemployment rates have many convinced a rate hike is in order for the United States, there is plenty of reason for the Fed […]

The Shame Game: How Much Does Peer Pressure Motivate Us?

The globalized age of the Internet has deepened an already uncomfortable fact of human society: shame. Classroom bullying has migrated to text and social media. Business reputation is more Yelp or Angie’s List than word of mouth. But how much […]